Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla.
No. 6 Ohio State (12-1) vs. No. 11 Clemson (10-2)
Time/TV: 8:30 p.m. ET/ESPN. Surface: Grass.
Glantz-Culver line: Ohio State by 3. Sagarin difference: Ohio State by 1.28.
Bowl records: Clemson 17-18, Ohio State 19-23. Series: Clemson 1-0 (17-15 in 1978 Gator Bowl).
Synopsis: Yes, it was that Gator Bowl, the one that ended the illustrious coaching career of Ohio State's Woody Hayes when he punched a Clemson linebacker following a game-sealing interception. This reunion probably will have less controversy, but there should be plenty of entertainment value. On the plus side for Clemson, the Tigers didn't lose any games they were expected to win this season. But the lofty goals that seemed reachable following their opening win against Georgia were dashed by a decisive home loss to eventual ACC champ Florida State. Clemson's rivalry finale against South Carolina didn't go well, either, so the Tigers will have plenty of incentive to finish with a quality victory. The Buckeyes' mood will be difficult to predict, as their national title aspirations were ended much more recently in the Big Ten final against Michigan State. But again, if all parties play with focus, a big score could be in the offing. Ohio State QB Braxton Miller and TB Carlos Hyde can be a devastating one-two punch in the ground game. Clemson DE Vic Beasley knows how to get into opposing backfields, but he'll have to make his hits stick when he arrives. Tigers QB Tajh Boyd would prefer not to scramble, and he won't have to if WR Sammie Watkins can find open spaces. WR Martavis Bryant is a solid secondary target for Boyd, who will also look to make use of TB Roderick McDowell. The Ohio State defense (362.2 yards a game) isn't always airtight, but LB Ryan Shazier can usually be found near the ball.